Next to Spain, nestled between the hills, Aïnhoa village was built in the XIII century by Prémontrés monks.
It was used as a stopping place on the way to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle and on the trade route between the French Kingdom and the Navarre Kingdom.
The houses, which were destroyed during the 30-year war and then rebuilt, date from around 1650.
The village is structured like a fortified town and the half-timbered fronts of its Labourd houses face the south-east.
Overlooking the village and offering a wonderful view , Notre-Dame-d'Aubépine Chapel( The Virgin Mary appeared here in an hawthorn bush to a young shepherd) has got a way of the Cross, a grotto and a calvary. A pilgrimage is organized there at Whitsun.
The forest that spreads over more than 400 ha provides a habitat for a rich wildlife. The high points of the village happen around 15 August (saint’s day) and mid-october (wood pigeon celebration).
It is part of the AOC «Espelette chili pepper» and of France finest villages association